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Joan of Arcadia - The Second Season (2003)

Amber Tamblyn , Joe Mantegna , Bethany Rooney , Elodie Keene  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Amber Tamblyn, Joe Mantegna, Mary Steenburgen, Jason Ritter, Michael Welch
  • Directors: Bethany Rooney, Elodie Keene, Gloria Muzio, James Hayman, Joanna Kerns
  • Format: Full Screen, Box set, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: November 28, 2006
  • Run Time: 968 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HWZ4MA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,023 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Joan of Arcadia - The Second Season" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 22 episodes from the 2004-2005 season on six discs
  • A Look at Season 2
  • The Making of Queen of the Zombies
  • A Tour of Joan’s High School
  • Common Thread: A Table Read

Editorial Reviews

For two years, CBS's Joan of Arcadia managed the neat trick of warming the heart, while keeping the gag reflex at bay. And for a family drama based around faith--and the lack thereof--preachiness was always in short supply. At the end of the first season, Joan (Amber Tamblyn) decides it's all in her head: God isn't really speaking to her. Over the summer, she attends a camp for troubled kids, and now she makes lamps. Her boyfriend, Adam (Christopher Marquette), is as confused as ever; he was just starting to believe her. While Joan questions God's existence, her mother, Helen (Mary Steenburgen), plans a return to the Catholic Church. To that end, she starts meeting with chain-smoking former nun Lilly (Constance Zimmer, Boston Legal) to help with her confirmation. Joan's father, Will (Joe Mantegna), older brother Kevin (Jason Ritter), and Helen must also contend with the lawsuit filed by the boy who caused Kevin's accident, while Joan's younger brother, Luke (Michael Welch), continues to see the surly Grace (Becky Wahlstrom) in secret.

New Arcadia arrivals include Will's controlling boss, Lucy (Annie Potts), Joan's "crazy camp" friend, Judith (Sprague Grayden), and enigmatic do-gooder Ryan (Wentworth Miller, Prison Break), who shares Joan's gift. Despite critical kudos and respectable ratings, Joan of Arcadia wasn't picked up for a third season, but its spirit lives on in such disparate shows as Medium, in which a woman communicates with the dead, and My Name Is Earl, in which a man goes around doing good deeds. This six-disc set features commentary by creator Barbara Hall, producer James Hayman, and writer Stephen Nathan. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

Product Description

An average 16-year-old, Joan is going through the growing pains typical of any teenager. But after she and her family (Joe Mantegna, Mary Steenburgen, Jason Ritter, Michael Welch) relocate to Arcadia, her life gets especially interesting when God starts paying her visits.

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115 of 115 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Should Have Had A Third Season! August 25, 2006
By Buffy
I couldn't believe that CBS cancelled this wonderful show after only 2 seasons! It received a lot of attention and even won awards during its first season, but for whatever reason, was dismissed in its second season. The season/series finale had the show poised for a terrific third season, had the show continued, with Joan now battling her foe, a young man possibly working for Satan, just as she was "working" for God. What a shame that this gem was instead cancelled. Joan was one of the most realistic portrayals of a teenager on television, aside from the fact that she often talked to God, and Amber Tamblyn, her portrayer, is a stand-out. I also loved the portrayal of Joan's older brother, played by Jason Ritter, as a former high school jock who seemed to have everything going for him until a car accident left him in a wheel chair and all the implications this tragedy had for Joan's entire family. The concept of this show was very clever and although Joan talked to God, it never felt too religious or preachy. It was also extremely well-written and acted. This is a show that people of all ages can enjoy and that families can actually watch together. How rare is that nowadays?
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real-world, and not preachy. My favorite TV show. August 25, 2006
I started watching "Joan" near the beginning of season 2 and was completely astounded episode after episode. This show has strong characters with real-life problems, and it discusses God and religion in a neutral, down-to-earth way that didn't offend me at all (and I am easily offended both by extreme right-wing Christianity, and by extreme left-wing secularism).

Joan of Arcadia is one of my favorite TV shows (better than The Simpsons, Jeopardy, Joey (the Friends spin-off, remember?) and Law & Order).

Great even if you haven't seen Season 1.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Season 2 DVD Music December 4, 2006
The music of the "Joan of Arcadia" series was always an integral part of the show. Barbara Hall and James Hayman even stated in one of their commentaries on the season 1 DVD how the music was another character of "Joan of Arcadia." Unfortunately, many of the original songs have been replaced. I'm still making a list, but here are a few: "Try," by Nelly Furtado; "Take Me Away," by Avril; "Shaking The Tree," by Peter Gabriel; "Keep Me In Your Heart," by Warren Zevon, performed by Jorge Calderon; "Kite Song," by Patty Griffin; "Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own," by U2; "Wreck Of The Day," by Anna Nalick; and even "Sympathy For The Devil," by the Rolling Stones. I love this show, but I am very disappointed with the production of the season 2 DVD. It's like marketing "Grease" and substituting most of the music just to increase the profit margin. They purposely delay the release of this DVD, and when they do finally release it, it's totally bastardized. It is really a shame when illegal copies of a show have better quality than the production version. I feel cheated!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's about time October 9, 2006
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It was nearly criminal when CBS cancelled this fine show. I'm definitely not a fan of "preachy" religious shows, but this is a most wonderful Non-religious show about God, and an often confused teen trying to negotiate her special connection with the Deity. The cast of top-notch actors was unrivaled, and Friday nights have become a wasteland of drivel without it.

My g/f will be ecstatic about getting this for Xmas, and it was far too long a wait for this 2nd season release. Shame on the Network "geniuses" and the garbage they foist upon us.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, Inspiring - But Unconcluded Story Line December 13, 2006
Five stars for the program - it was one of the best. Two stars for Amazon's price! At this writing, They're charging $47.99 - probably because this is a weak seller. I found it elsewhere from an equally reliable web site for $34.91, so I'm ordering it from them.

As far as I can tell, none of the extras in this release will provide a clue as to how the second season cliffhanger might have concluded. When a program with such a huge and diverse audience (CBS admitted it spanned age demographics, which made it difficult to draw the advertising they were looking for) is canceled with an unfinished story line, you would expect the DVD release to bring it to some sort of conclusion - maybe by a storyboard or writer/producer interviews or something!

If you never saw JOA when it originally aired, you'll be pleasantly surprised by the quality, values and brilliant acting found in both seasons. the show inspired - you can watch this with your teens without concern.

It took a long time to get this out on DVD - at least a year and a half after the last episode. This has probably hurt the sales dramatically - people have moved on since then. Really good programming - the kind your kids can watch and that doesn't offend your sensibilities - is hard to find. This one should have been a long-running series. It seems to me that when you reach a large, broad demographic, you've got a hit, but CBS was looking to target a certain age group - short-term thinking in my book. Too bad for all of us.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I feel the same way.. October 9, 2006
By Ms. D
I was very upset when they cancelled this show, just like some of the other commenters. I am not a religious person at all, actually a border line athiest, but I still loved this show. Probably because it didnt try to center on one religion, and didnt try to say one persons beliefs are better than others, it was more about people...

Shame on CBS... Shame on them...
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